About the author: Kheyrne Danu has spent the last seven years working with women through personal coaching and workshops on natural wellness; she is also the brainchild of the Super Thrive brand, a natural product for stress support. Kheyrne first studied interior design, but soon switched to natural wellness, a subject that has fascinated her for over 16 years. She also trained as a kinesiologist, a doula and yoga instructor, as well as being a professional dance teacher and bodywork practitioner. Kheyrne feels that life really shines through when one has a great understanding of and relationship with one’s own body. She is a writer for Longevity magazine.
In order to assure that this test is done at the correct time in your cycle you need to first confirm ovulation. Taking your basal body temperature each morning before you get out of bed is the most accurate measure of ovulation (second to having a daily ultrasound of your ovaries). Once you see a sustained increase in your waking temperatures you have confirmed ovulation. You can then arrange to have your progesterone test done on the 7th day after your temperature went up.
Are you still taking prenatal vitamins? What about fish oil? Both may be helpful for you right now. How much sleep are you getting each night? (hard with a little one, I know) Do you know what your basal body temps are? If not, take your temp each morning at the same time. If it’s low (under 97.4) it could be the thyroid. How’s your diet? Do you eat a lot of sugar or carbs? What about soy and gluten?
I am 36 and have had a decreased libido for several years now, and it is starting to affect my marriage. I think that I have low progesterone as I have man of these symptoms. I have suffered from migraines for years and all of a sudden they are getting worse, I have gained weight in the past six months, I frequently complain about being foggy-headed but I thought that was attributed to my allergies, and I have huge mood swings at times. Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor tomorrow.
I saw my Dr. For an irregular and frequent cycle. I am already vitamin D deficient and those symptoms seem to parallel low progestetone symptoms. I am as uncomfortable as I was when I was pregnant and in my first trimester. Dull headache, tired, foggy etc. So I will be treated for low progesterone with birth control…what are other treatments to address this hormone imbalance?
Stacey B: Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield here with Dr. Dr. Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Welcome to the program. Of course, you can always download all of our podcasts at HotzePodcast.com. That’s H, O, T, Z, E podcast.com. Okay, ladies this podcast is for you. We are talking about the miracle hormone. It is called progesterone. I cannot sing its praises enough. I’ve got Dr. Hotze here to explain more about the wondrous value of progesterone and how it can help you. Dr. Hotze.
The Bible tells us, "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones," (Proverbs 3:7-8). Our health is determined first by our relationship to God, and then to how we take care of our bodies. High progesterone levels is a problem that women need to address by going to their health care professionals. Progesterone side effects are a warning sign that bones may be depleting, a silent disease that can have deep ramifications later on in life. A series of simple blood tests can give doctors a picture of how menses is occurring in the body and if there are problems with the reproductive system. Delaying contacting a doctor will only prolong the illness.
In any case, there is much women of all ages can do to rebalance progesterone and overall hormone levels to avoid becoming estrogen dominant. First, we can work with a provider to test our hormone levels for imbalances. If testing reveals estrogen dominance, we can take steps to restore the natural equilibrium by rebalancing with bioidenticals—hormones derived from plant compounds that are made to be identical in structure and function to those our body makes naturally.
This is a wonderful , God sent article. I started reading it and I knew this information would be so helpful for me. All my unanswered questions started to unfold, just by reading this article. Once I check some things out and do some real research on my own body, I will come back on this site for an update, thanks so much. And Please don’t stop putting info like this out there for people that are at ends wit with health issues.. Again this is an amazing article..
I miscarried my first pregnancy in April 2013 at 8 weeks. I started charting in June, which indicates luteal phases of 9, 10, 11 and 13 days. I suspect low progesterone is part of the problem even though I am of healthy weight, active, eat well, etc. You mention getting testing done, but can you name the specific tests and the time during my cycle the testing should be done? Thanks!
Hi Kylee! I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with these symptoms and aren’t having much luck with a diagnosis from your family doctor. It might be worth a second opinion if you are keen to get to the root cause of your symptoms and have your progesterone levels re-examined. In some areas, there are nurses who also provide hormone balancing and support. You might want to ask around. Please keep me posted with your progress.
Hi! I had a miscarriage almost 3 years ago and have been struggling since. In the year after I had to be given medication to start my period twice that I can remember. Also I started having insane night sweats two weeks before my period. In the last six months I have started to gain weight rapidly despite diet changes and exercise. My reg dr had put me on antidepressants for all of these symptoms but I knew something still wasn’t right. I’m 27 and healthy so I don’t think my GP even thought to check my hormone levels. I recently saw a dr that practices more holistic medicine she checked and low and behold I have low progesterone! I’m consulting with a bio pharmacy on Monday. Will this help with the weight gain?
One of the most common reasons, yet not much is known, is a lack of progesterone during the second half of the monthly cycle. This is known as 'defective luteal phase'. During the first half of the menstruation cycle, estrogen will stimulate the lining of the uterus. This is known as the follicular or proliferative stage. Once ovulation has taken place and progesterone is being secreted by the corpus luteum, the lining thickens in preparation for the fertilised egg. The luteal or differentiation phase is known as the second half of the menstrual cycle which should last 12 to 14 days.
Insulin is the hormone responsible for maintaining normal blood sugar (glucose) levels in the body. The foods we eat break down into glucose, and insulin’s job is to transport that glucose into the cells that turn it into fuel for energy. Insulin resistance arises when the body is flooded with more sugar than it can handle, and attempts to deliver that glucose to the cells are met with resistance. The syndrome goes hand-in-hand with rising rates of obesity and diabetes. What, you might ask, has this to do with breast cancer? The answer boils down to simple physiology. Excess carbohydrates (especially in refined foods and sugars) that are not needed for energy are stored as fat. Increased body fat increases estrogen levels and increased estrogen levels lead to estrogen dominance, which, as we already know, leads to increased risks for breast cancer.
In discussing anecdotal evidence in which progesterone seems to work, doctors who reject progesterone supplements may point to the idea that women with recurrent miscarriages tend to have a high success rate even without treatment—so in an uncontrolled setting, it is just as likely that a woman supplemented with progesterone would have had a successful pregnancy even without treatment.
Progesterone is not a "feminising" hormone. That reputation belongs to estrogen. Excess estrogen or estrogen-imitators (including many pollutants in the environment) cause a variety of health problems for both men and women. Progesterone is a natural antagonist to estrogen. Progesterone helps to balance and neutralise the powerful effects of excess estrogen in both men and women. Without sufficient progesterone in the body, estrogen becomes harmful and out of control (unopposed estrogen or estrogen dominance).
Maybe you can help me shed some light on this. Unlike everyone else here, I am actually looking to decrease progesterone. My progesterone levels according to a recent salivary hormone test are 5 times higher than the highest normal. And I have not been supplementing. I am, however, under near constant stress. And my cortisol levels are high, too, though not as high as the progesterone. All other hormone levels show up as normal. I also have a history of candida and have been suffering from biliary dyskinesia. Any help would be appreciated.
In Figure 51-38, a comparison is made of the “per woman” pregnancy rates between the NaProTECHNOLOGY approach and in vitro fertilization. This study shows that a NaProTECHNOLOGY approach for women who have anovulatory infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, or tubal occlusion, all have statistically significantly higher pregnancy rates than patients with similar conditions treated with in vitro fertilization.
Men should use 10-100mg per day. This is suitable to treat symptoms of low progesterone, symptoms of low testosterone, or more commonly, symptoms of estrogen dominance caused by xenoestrogens. Vary the dose depending on the severity of the symptoms. The amount of progesterone to use is not dependent on your weight, size, height or age, but on your symptoms.
Hi, I’ve just been diagnosed with low progesterone after having the majority of these symptoms. At first I blamed it on coming off the pill last October but as time has gone on and no signs of pregnancy I knew something wasn’t right. I now have been referred on to the fertility clinic to see if I can balance it out! Feel relieved after reading this artical that I’m not the only one! Thanks
Donielle believes women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, she has a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. Her personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and she started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information she found helpful in her journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
What happens is as a woman moves towards menopause, she’ll have multiple anovulatory cycles. Maybe not quit ovulating altogether and that’s when she gets these heavy, heavy periods. She gets fibroid developing in her womb. She ends up going to the OBGYN to help her and he’s always got an answer and it has to do with a scalpel or a knife. Hysterectomy is always his answer. But the reason we had that problem is because the hormones are declining and they’re imbalanced and the progesterone is deficient.
If you have had one or more of these issues, ask your doctor about looking into a progesterone test. Progesterone therapy could be the answer to an issue that was misdiagnosed or left unexplained, but that also doesn't mean it's a cure-all. Luckily, the risks of supplementing with progesterone are “probably low, if anything at all,” says Dr. Hjort, at least in the short term. Common side effects include mild headache, mild nausea, dizziness, and breast tenderness. Time and research will tell if there are long-term side effects.
If you wonder whether low progesterone can cause spotting, the answer is yes, it can. Low levels of progesterone in feminine often lead to the occurrence of a small amount of red-brown spotting 3-4 days earlier than the period starts. Spotting can also appear as a result of some other health issues like gynecologic infections, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine polyps. Therefore, you should go consult your doctor to find out the causes of premenstrual spotting and treat the problem right.
It’s also important to use natural family planning methods like charting so that you can see if you’re actually ovulating. Many women find that using progesterone before ovulation actually suppresses ovulation and they then have an annovulatory cycle. So let’s say that a woman naturally ovulates on day 14, if she began progesterone on day 12, that may cause her not to ovulate. And of course, not all women experience this, but enough so that it’s commonly talked about (personally and in online forums) to wait until after ovulation to begin progesterone. So that might be something to look in to.
You’ll also need to rest (you read that right). Remember earlier how we said that running around without time to rest and reflect can lead to poor food choices? Beyond poor food choices, it can lead to poor life choices! So take some time each day to let your mind unwind. You can read a book, journal, meditate, nap…whatever you like. It’s great to occasionally take a retreat in a natural setting too. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep each night, as critical healing and rebuilding happens nightly.
It has been suggested that hormonal tests should be done via testing saliva, as opposed to blood which most doctors test. A saliva hormonal test can be done at home and then sent to a lab for analysis. After your saliva is analyzed, hormonal levels can be ascertained, helping to deduct whether you have an imbalance, be it too low or too high progesterone levels.
HI Doniella, I’m in Europe and am 38 – I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant with my second child. my first is 4 since may and was concv very quickly but when we strated trying for no 2 in nov 2010 we had no luck. eventually in Nov 2011 I found a dr who specialises in infertility issues and worked with her and eventually became pregnant this March. (delited) i get my bloods checked every two weeks for oestogen and progesterone levels and my progesterone is low. I’m now on 2 x 400mg of cyclogest daily as my dr thinks my level is low. My last reading was 148 which makes me think that its probably 14 as you are using 2 digit numbers above. Above you refer to the use of progestone creams in the first trimester but i#m now midway in the second trimester and my dose was doubled due to last reading being so low. should i be concerned about taking pessaries at this stage of pregnacy? I’m somewhat concerned. thanks annie
Autoimmune Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the leading cause of hypothyroidism. The gut, as we discussed in the Poor Nutrition section and will discuss again in the closing section, is a key area of focus in healing Hashimoto’s. When peptides (parts of the protein in foods) cross the gut barrier into the blood stream it stresses the system and the immune system responds by going after those peptides that shouldn’t be there. But the trouble is that this dysregulated immune system will also attack the body’s own tissue, in this case the thyroid gland.
Fluid retention: Progesterone is a natural diuretic – it prevents your cells from taking up excess sodium and water, so it can help reduce fluid retention. When it drops too low women complain that they retain fluid during the day (particularly in the legs, ankles and tummy), find their rings feel too tight for their fingers, look puffy in the face and often have swollen, heavy (and often sore) breasts.